Upcycling Timber Through Biotechnology

Published 31 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesEnergy saving measures Reduce Sustainable solutions
This contractor has used Mykor, which is a biotechnology and advanced materials company developing commercially viable and sustainable building materials grown from waste. Timber waste on this project is being used to produce a sustainable alternative to construction materials such as insulation, along with homeware items through 3D Print Technology Timber waste is inoculated with Mycelium which is the vegetative...

SEND Work Experience Programme

Published 31 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Equality Schools
This contractor has created a 10 week virtual educational activity programme in collaboration with ThinkForward, a special educational needs charity which has been designed with sessions tailored to the individual needs of the students taking part. The contractor suggested that students create ‘passports’ before starting that included learning preferences and individual needs. They then used this as a basis to...

Safeguard Hard Hat Tracking

Published 31 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesHealth screening Initiatives Worker fatigue
On this project they are using a wearable device that attaches onto a hard hat to recognise the unique movement patterns of users completing tasks. With location and environmental sensors, the Safeguard device can provide workforce-wide insight at a level that has not been possible before. The primary function of the Safeguard device is to help improve safety by mapping...

Keyless Door Management

Published 31 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Lucy Wainwright
CategoriesProperty security Site security
This project is the first to use new technology for locking and accessing internal doors on site, which eliminates need for hundreds of keys for different apartments during construction. This eliminates the need for signing in and out of keys on registers as well as being efficient way of managing different trades across apartments. The technology offers real-time access control...

Veterans Committee

Published 16 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Cara McAinsh
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion Management attitudes
This contractor has a family of veterans working within the business including a group of ex-armed forces and ex-‘blue’ light service personnel who have landed in the construction industry one way or another. In order to support each other to the very best of their abilities, their Veterans Committee was formed. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are both ex-army, and...

Mental Health Week Workforce Picnics

Published 16 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Claire Murray
CategoriesMental health Mental health first aiders Stress Wellbeing events
Mental health is an important part of health and safety on all of this contractors projects. For Mental Health Week they engaged with the workforce by organising picnics across the whole month. Each site manager took up to 5 people for a picnic in the green spaces around site – in keeping with the theme of ‘Nature’ for Mental Health...

First Fossil Fuel-Free Major Property Estate

Published 16 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Joshua Davies
CategoriesAir quality Campaigns Carbon management Energy from renewable sources Energy saving measures Reduce Sustainable procurement Sustainable solutions Working methods and equipment
This project is set to be the UK’s first fossil fuel-free major mixed-use property estate, all eight buildings across the development will be powered by electricity derived from renewable resources, producing zero emissions in operation. Features of the Fossil Fuel-Free Mixed-Use Estate: All buildings across this estate will be electric and use air source heat pumps. The first on this...

English Lessons and Other Qualifications for Speakers of Other Languages

Published 16 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Wally Alvarez
CategoriesBenefits Cultural needs Disadvantaged groups Diversity Equality Illegal workers Language Differences Literacy training Modern slavery Numeracy training Training
This contractor have been working collaboratively with Lambeth College and London South Bank University (LSBU), to pilot a  programme which aims to upskill diverse members of their workforce who are foreign and often struggle with the English language, providing them with the opportunity to learn and feel more comfortable engaging with other people on site. This voluntary course will also...

Easy Air Wedge

Published 16 August 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesOccupational health risks Worker fatigue Working methods
On this project they have implemented the use of Easy Air Wedge to install doors. Easy Air Wedge is a lifting aid, which can lift up to 140kg, using an air pump system. When installing doors, Easy Air Wedge is placed under the door and pumped up to raise door to required level. The benefits to use this equipment are...

Pride LGBTQ+ Helmet Stickers

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesDiversity Equality Inclusion
In order to celebrate Pride Month, the contractor team on this project have provide Pride LGBTQ+ helmet stickers. Additional to this the contractor showed support to those celebrating Pride Month with banners placed at the vehicle gates and small flags were distributed to office workers.

Bathroom Locking Straps

Published 12 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesInitiatives Working methods
On this project they are carrying full fit out works to 586 individual bathrooms across 6 buildings. One of the main challenges on the project is the ability to maintain control of their work areas from the early parts of their programme sequence, through to the final commissioning stages. The internal door design of the bathroom doors does not allow...

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Published 5 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesCounselling services Posters
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) year ending March 2020, an estimated 5.5% of adults aged 16 to 74 years (2.3 million people) experienced domestic abuse in the previous year. Police also recorded crime data show an increase in offences flagged as domestic abuse-related during the coronavirus (COVID-19). London’s Metropolitan police service received an increased number...

Ask Twice Mental Health Campaign

Published 5 July 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesMental health Mental health first aiders Posters
The Mental Health First Aid team at this project have implemented an ‘Ask Twice’ Campaign. Considering the impact we all suffered during this difficult time, many people experience a mental health problem, so if someone says they are fine, they might not be. A second ‘How are you?’ could make all the difference, opening a window for a conversation. The...

Scotland Against Modern Slavery

Published 16 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Kieran Ronnie
CategoriesCampaigns Illegal workers Modern slavery Supply chain
The construction industry is particularly at risk of modern slavery and unethical labour practices. To help combat this, the contractor have become Corporate Partners of Scotland Against Modern Slavery, a forum including the Scottish Government, public organisations and businesses. Scotland Against Modern Slavery exists to help eradicate the atrocity of human trafficking and raise awareness across the Scottish business community...

PVC Freezer Flaps used to Control Room Temperature

Published 2 June 2021 | No comments
Written by Bruno Tiosso
CategoriesEnergy saving measures
This contractor has introduced the use of PVC freezer flaps to control room temperature. To enable them to complete the flooring, rooms have to be at certain temperature, so instead of using 110V heaters, they are using PVC freezer flaps. Once works are completed, the freezer flaps can be relocated and reused on different areas, allowing them to use less...